Jchell: Where are you from?
Malinda: Oakland, California and Brooklyn, New York
Jchell: Where did you attend high school/college?
Malinda: Holy Names Private All Girls High School and Nyack College
Jchell: What are some of your main interests and hobbies?
Malinda: Photography, reading, writing, acting, modeling, shopping, meeting cool people, eating good food, walking in the rain, watching movies, dancing, going to the beach, treating myself to manicures and pedicures, and wearing sexy high heel shoes.
Jchell: How long have you been modeling?
Malinda: 3 years or so.
Jchell: Are you an independent or agency model?
Malinda: I’m with Bicoastal Models in NY.
Jchell: What was it like starting out as a model?
Malinda: I still feel like I’m starting out. I would say interesting in meeting new people, fun when I work with creative people, memorable when I’m around other models who I consider my sisters, and frustrating when things don’t go my way. I would like to get to the point where I can say extremely rewarding financially.
Jchell: Have you been published in any magazines?
Malinda: Yes. As a photographer, Black Enterprise, Vibe, XXL, Latin Connection, and more. As a model, Curvz Mag, Full Blossom, Trende Magazine (in Canada), Curvy Connect, Bronze Magazine, Move Over Mag, and Urban Tymes Magazine.
Jchell: Besides modeling, have you done any acting?
Malinda: Yes. I was recently featured on the cable show Independent Film Channel in a small documentary series called eMotions.
Jchell: Let's talk about your beauty regimen: How do you keep your hair and skin looking healthy?
Malinda: For skin, I wash everyday, periodically I may use a scrub and when I do I’m extremely gentle. I always moisturize and I also use eye creams. I’m an addict eye cream collector. I have so many, too many. For hair, my hair is natural so I try to wash twice weekly or at least once, condition, oil my hair and scalp and have my hair twisted or braided.
Jchell: What are your favorite fashion trends you love?
Malinda: My fashion trend style tends to vary depending on how I feel. I gravitate to colors such as white, hot pink, red, gold, and black, oh don’t forget my leopard prints and neon colors too! I’m definitely not a conservative girl and I don’t believe just because an item has a designer name on it that it makes you or the item better than others. Sometimes I will buy the trend but won’t wear it when it’s popular. On days where I’m running around doing errands, a good ol’ pair of sweat or leggings will do. For the most part, I do love anything with fringes. I’ve been an avid Adidas sportswear and t-shirt collector for the past 5 years. I absolutely love high heels and boots. I love leggings from solid black to wild patterns. I tend to like sequins, big jewelry, midi dresses, lace dresses, basically anything loud, quirky and flashy. Lol.
Jchell: Every girl has a special “can't live without this” in her closet, what's yours?
Malinda: Shoes, purses, bras and panties, fur coats, ripped up jeans, fun t-shirts with sayings, leather gloves, well anything leather, camouflage cargo pants, jean jackets, and anything pink.
Jchell: Who is your favorite photographer(s)?
Malinda: Myself, Ellen Von Unwerth, Camilla Akrans, Marc Baptiste, Mario Testino, Gordon Parks, David LaChapelle, and more.
Jchell: Knowing what you know, what advice would you give to other models trying to establish themselves?
Malinda: Practice posing in the mirror, make friends, ask questions, and it’s not the end of the world if you don’t get chosen for a particular casting.
Jchell: Is there anything else you would like to add?
Malinda: Love yourself from the inside out, love life, and LAUGH!
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